Sweet Tooth is coming to Netflix today! Should we see this family series produced by Robert Downey Jr.?
What is it about ?
Several years after the mutations caused by the “Great Collapse”, a half-boy, half-stag hybrid befriends, against all odds, with a lonely marginal. Together, they embark on an extraordinary adventure through a ravaged – and dangerous – planet, wondering if the notion of home still makes sense.
Sweet Tooth, by Jim Mickle and Beth Schwartz, with Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar. Episodes seen: 2/8
Who is it with?
Sweet Tooth is the opportunity to discover the young Christian Convery (Descendants 3) in the role of Gus, the hero of the series. He shares a formidable alchemy on screen with Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones, Zoo), who lends his features to a survivor bereaved by the death of his wife. We will also recognize on screen Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids).
Well worth a look ?
Two months after the success of Shadow and Bone, Netflix is banking on another production fantasy. The platform is aimed here at a family audience with Sweet Tooth, a fable in the era of time whose action takes place just after a global pandemic during which a deadly virus has decimated part of the population.
From this tragedy were born hybrid babies, half human, half animal. It is not known if this is a mutation linked to the virus, but these children are being hunted down and wanted. The story centers on Gus, a nine-year-old boy who lives in self-sufficiency in the forest with his father. An unexpected event will put him in the path of Tommy, a former American football player and lonely marginal.
Sweet Tooth is an adaptation of graphic novels little known in France, written by Jeff Lemire. The latter depicts a green post-apocalyptic world that the series manages to transpose to the screen (the teams were able to shoot in New Zealand in the midst of a pandemic).
Visually, the work is rather well done, even if the “look” of the hybrids is sometimes unsettling … even strange. But after the first episode, we quickly forget this particularity to focus on the story.
The first episode, lasting 50 minutes, presents the plot but is woefully lacking in action. But it is a choice since the series is faithful to the comics in its tone, poetic and dreamlike. Sweet Tooth is particularly successful in its narration, thought out like a tale and told by the voice-over of James Brolin.
The series becomes an ode to nature and tolerance, and warns the youngest generation against the current abuses. With his overwhelming optimism, Gus is a role model for the youngest. Basically, he reminds us of an Amblin hero from the 80s.
The series is produced by Robert Downey Jr and his wife Susan Downey, and the couple wanted to erase the dark side of comics. A wise choice that makes Sweet Tooth a family program par excellence, and which can only do good!